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Interview: Robert Henry, Author of Age Re-Defined

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As a Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Coach, and Wellness Coach, Robert Henry motivates individuals to transform into healthier, fit versions of themselves and to explore the mind-body connection.

As a writer, blogger,  speaker, and media commentator he informs and inspires his audience to commit to a healthy lifestyle by reminding them “you can get better instead of getting older.”

At 52, after years of enjoying good health, Robert Henry was challenged when a visit to the doctor’s office revealed his health profile had changed and he was no longer the emblem of health he had been. That alarm, that wake-up call, that unprecedented need to lose body fat and the doctor’s statement, “You’re not getting any younger” ignited something within him.

Mr. Henry was challenged for the first time with the need to lose weight and re-boot his commitment to fitness or be at risk for potentially serious health issues.

He refused to accept age alone as the determining factor of his health going forward.

Fitness became such a priority and passion that working out was no longer enough. He began studying and learning as much as his could about fitness, nutrition, and wellness. His appetite for learning led him to earn four certifications: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Certified Personal Trainer from the National Council on Strength and Fitness, Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition from the International Sports Sciences Association, and Certified Wellness Coach from Spencer Institute, an affiliate of the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association. He has also recently taken additional course work in Sport and Exercise Psychology at California State University. To learn more about Robert Henry’s certifications, click here.

His law school education (Juris Doctor, Southern Methodist University) and his experience as an attorney distinguish him with analytical skills, which he now applies to his study and work in health, fitness and wellness. While still in his teens, Mr. Henry progressed from Student Pilot to Certified Flight Instructor. Later, he became a professional jet pilot. In the fitness realm, he has been a training client and is now a trainer with multiple fitness certifications. All of this gives him unique perspective as both teacher and student, and as both trainer and client. To Robert Henry, learning is a lifelong process.

Mr. Henry’s latest book is the health/fitness how-to book, Age Re-Defined.

Readers can learn more about Robert Henry and his work by visiting the following links:

Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter

If you had to describe your book in two sentences, what would they be?

A guiding premise of this eBook is that your state of health, how you feel, and how you look are more within your control than you think. I write about my own health and fitness journey through age 56, along with considerable information about exercise, fitness, nutrition, and the mind-body connection.

Do you have a favorite line or excerpt from your current work?

I like the Introduction and Chapters Two and Three, which are largely about my reasons for writing the book and my own journey, and therefore have personal significance. I hope those parts of the book also provide some encouragement or even inspiration to others. However, the mind-body connection interests me greatly, so from a less personal perspective, Chapter Five, The Mind-Body Connection. I don’t think I put this actual line in the book – it’s on my website – but it summarizes part of the Chapter: “If your self-talk is negative, expect negative results.” I also enjoyed writing Chapter Ten, the Conclusion. I felt that the reader and I had just completed the shared journey of the book itself, and we were also just starting the rest of our individual journeys, affected in some positive way by the book.

What are five important things that you take into consideration while writing your story?

Be real, be authentic. Provide useful, even life-changing, information. Go long where needed, but be brief when possible. Write well. Write responsibly.

Why should readers pick up your book?

This book could really make a difference for many people. Even for people who are not at any crossroads, but who have an interest in the subject matter, it’s an informative read, a resource. In fact, parts of the book are intended to benefit people who are already physically active and in generally good health, while parts are intended to help people who are sedentary and might be unwell as a result. The two biggest attributes of the book are that it is motivational or inspirational, and also very informative.

What was the turning point when you realized you wanted to write and share your voice with the world?

I’ve always enjoyed writing, but this is my first book or, as it were, eBook. The events discussed in the book occurred mostly before 2012, but in 2012 I happened to have contact with a traditionally published author who was working with another traditionally published author. She was advising me at the time, mostly about website content. My contact with her is what motivated me to want to put a book out there in some way, shape, or form. In my work with her for the website, I did some reading in my space and I thought that I had something to add that wasn’t really being presented in the same way by the authors whose works I read.

What genres do you prefer to read? Which do you enjoy writing in?

I prefer to read in non-fiction, usually self-help, biographical, historical, or informational. I prefer to write in non-fiction, as well.

What five things would you have with you at all times if you had to be prepared to take a trip at the drop of a hat?

U.S. Passport, personal hygiene supplies, digital device, my cards/flyers, turkey jerky. Can we assume I’d have my wallet with me in any event?

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

That is a tough question. I might ultimately have to go with some kind of romantic super power, some kind of irresistibility! However, I’ll assume that’s not available. I’m all about inner strength and about being proactive in your own health, fitness, and wellness, so I usually think in terms of making the most of what’s already within you. So, how about the power to make the most of my own potential, the most of what I already have but haven’t tapped into or am afraid at times to tap into? I might suggest that as everyone’s aspiration. Another variation might be the power to always make the most of the present moment – to always be “in the moment.”

What footprint do you want to leave behind in this world?

Well, it will probably be a digital footprint! Seriously, I’m still working on that concept for myself. I’d like to be a positive example to others. I’d like to contribute to the discourse and to the body of knowledge about life and about the subjects of my writing, and about those passions I have pursued. In the years to come, and before leaving anything “behind,” I’d like to personally affect more people than I have so far.

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